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Filming begins next week on the three part drama, produced by Carnival Films, which tells the timely story of a terrifying conspiracy, reaching the highest echelons of power.

Nesbitt (Murphy’s Law, Jekyll, Bloody Sunday) plays Max Raban, a former journalist reduced to raking through bins for tacky celebrity stories to sell to the tabloids. But everything changes when his nocturnal rummaging uncovers a frightening world of deceit and distrust with fatal consequences.

Raban’s life begins to fall apart when his estranged wife is murdered and he’s framed for the crime, forcing him to become a fugitive. But Raban discovers a death squad is at work and he’s determined to expose the truth about the brutal killers.

The series also stars Catherine McCormack (28 Weeks Later, Elizabeth David: A Life in Recipes, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot ) as Raban’s unlikely ally, Zara Turner (The Brief, Forgotten, McCallum) as his estranged wife, Rupert Graves (The Waiting Room, The Dinner Party, The Forsyte Saga)) as an influential political lobbyist, Ian Puleston Davies (Silent Witness, Vincent, Dirty Filthy Love) as a newspaper editor and Reece Dinsdale (The Chase, Ahead of the Class, Thief Takers) as an anti terrorist officer.

Midnight Man is written by David Kane (Sea of Souls, Rebus), produced by Alan J. Wands (Rebus, Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, The Magdalene Sisters), directed by David Drury (Fallen Angel, Love Lies Bleeding) and the executive producer is Gareth Neame.

Laura Mackie, Director of Drama at ITV says: “David Kane’s Midnight Man is a fast-paced, slick thriller full of intrigue and conspiracy that has attracted a fantastic cast led by James Nesbitt, who we are delighted to have back on ITV1.”

Gareth Neame, Managing Director of Carnival Films, says: “David Kane has created a magnificent unlikely hero in Max and I’m excited to see James Nesbitt play him. Midnight Man is a smart and sophisticated thriller which will take audiences on a journey of suspense, intrigue and suspicion. It provides a modern twist on the traditional conspiracy thriller, with a strong character element.”

The series is set for transmission on ITV1 next year.